I’m always into trying new authors, and I did enjoy this novel. The story dealt with problems immigrants in America face daily — their struggles to become a part of the American Dream and their hopes and fears. The book had very realistic, multi-faceted characters. The story centered on a woman named Letty who became a mother in her teenage years, but was never really involved in the upbringing of her children because her mother stepped in and took on the responsibility. When Letty’s parents moved back to Mexico, she was forced to take over her children’s care and try to give them a better life so they wouldn’t make her mistakes. An enjoyable and educational read.
What a powerful book on such a tough subject. You hear about Alzheimer’s Disease and you think older people. This book, which has also been made into a movie, tells the story of a woman who is at the height of her career as a college professor when she is struck with this disease at the age of 50. The author provides a really insightful and intuitive account of the world of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and how it takes your whole identity away. It was really sad to read, but I finished it in three short days. Definitely worth it.
Every summer I try to pick a classic that I’ve never read before. This year I chose this little gem of a book. It’s an extremely quick read and a truly beautiful book. It follows Siddhartha as he tries to find spiritual fulfillment and wisdom after he says goodbye to his life of privilege and comfort. Timely messages of how to achieve harmony and see the goodness in whoever you encounter in life. So glad I finally read this and I would recommend it to anyone.
This is a biography of one of the most famous staff writers for the New Yorker Magazine. Mitchell, from small-town North Carolina, was drawn to a writing career and landed in New York as a journalist. He quickly became noticed by the New Yorker, and joined the staff in the heyday of the magazine. The New Yorker featured the most notable writers of the day — James Thurber, E. B. White, A. J. Liebling, Dorothy Parker, John Hersey…the list goes on and on.
Mitchell was interested in the characters in New York who made the City tick — bartenders, fishermen, eccentric characters, tug boat captains. He is credited with raising journalism into the realm of literary art. There were controversies along the way, and toward the end of his life, a stunning mystery.
I read a lot of different genres and do like thrillers. This definitely falls into that category. The book wasted no time getting right into the suspenseful feel of a psychological thriller.
The story starts right away with Morgan walking into her home to discover her dead fiancee, Bennett, and her three dogs covered in blood. Her dogs catch the blame and she scrambles to reconcile the dogs she knew while trying to find her fiancé’s parents to tell them the bad news and learns that he wasn’t who he said he was.
As Morgan sets out to discover who Bennett really was, she uncovers a man with several fiancees, an ex-wife, and a trail of theft and deception. Then she discovers that the ex-wife and fiancees have all recently died violently. Morgan realizes that she might also be the target for murder.
I finished this book over a weekend to see how it would all play out, even though I had the bad guy figured out a little before the final action took place. Still a good quick read.
The night before her birthday, 38 year old Ramie hits her head and wakes up in her bedroom two days before the last day of her senior year of high school. She navigates through life as an 18 year old, exploring an old relationship with her high school boyfriend and also interacting with her father, who passed away a few years later.
I’m a sucker for books like this and I enjoyed all the passages on time and fate and who we are and how we are affected by events in our lives. I liked this more than I thought I would. I love time travel stories, and I was excited when I heard about this one. Enjoyable read.
So if you like quirky, messed up and lost characters that are in search for something better in their lives, then you will enjoy this book, Love May Fail. I enjoyed how this book was told through the perspectives of four wildly diverse characters: Portia Kane, a woman in search of goodness in men, after she leaves her pornographic husband who is having an affair; Mr. Vernon, a former high school English teacher contemplating suicide after being attacked by a student; Chuck Bass, an ex-heroin addict turned elementary teacher, and the crazy nun who reaches out to her son on her deathbed. These four characters’ lives all intertwine as the story unfolds: they search for love and a purpose in life to rekindle that spark. If you liked the author’s Silver Linings Playbook, then you will enjoy this.